With the introduction of the new iOS 15, Apple has provided a number of changes and the Safari browser has not been untouched by these changes. Apple has provided quite a lot of changes and one of them is the new design of the Safari app where the address bar/search bar is shifted to the bottom of the screen. This has presumably been done to serve convenience to the iOS 15 users in switching b/w the tabs and searching things by eliminating the travel done by the thumbs of the users to reach the top for doing the same. But it is coming out to be a not-very-loved change by the users as the users are missing the old look of their Safari.
Apart from this, there is a section of iOS 15 users, reporting that their Safari app is either crashing or freezing after they have updated to the new version of the OS. Now, the new Safari look is nowhere a big issue but this one is seeming to be as the users are not able to use Safari. But you don’t have to worry about any of the issues you are facing with your Safari app on iOS 15. Here, in this fixing guide, I am going to show you how you can solve the Safari crashing and freezing issue on iOS 15. I am also going to show you how you can switch back to the old Safari look and shift the address bar to the top of the screen.
How to Fix Safari not Responding or Freezing on iOS 15
The Safari app is continuously crashing after the iOS 15 update, as per the affected users. This is making the Safari app almost unusable. If you are facing this issue then I am glad to tell you that this can be fixed by disabling the Privacy Relay on your iPhone. There are a number of users who have experienced that the new Privacy Relay feature is what causing the Safari glitches ad disabling it has solved their issues. Here’s how you can do that on your iPhone.
Fix 1: Disable Private Relay inside iCloud
The Privacy Relay feature is available at a number of locations in the iPhone settings. The most common place is the iCloud inside the settings. You can try turning off the Privacy Relay feature there and see if the issue is fixed. To do so:
Step 1: Open Settings and tap on your Apple ID at the top.
Step 2: Inside your Apple ID screen, scroll down and tap on iCloud.
Step 3: There you should see the Privacy Relay option, tap on it.
Step 4: Toggle off the switch of the Privacy Relay feature.
Once you have successfully disabled the Privacy Relay feature, relaunch the Safari app and see if the issue is solved. If it is solved, then the Privacy Relay feature was the one that was causing Safari to behave unusually. This method will be applicable until you restart your phone. Once the phone is restarted, the Privacy Relay feature will again get enabled and you’ll again have to disable it.
Fix 2: Disable Private Relay on your Wi-Fi and Cellular network
If disabling the Privacy Relay for iCloud was not able to solve your problem, you can head over to this solution where you can try disabling the Privacy Relay feature on your preferred network i.e. your Wi-Fi and Cellular network. This will also solve the issue of re-enabling the Privacy Relay option. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Wi-Fi.
Step 2: Here you’ll see the list of Wi-Fi networks if you have connected to and are available in your locality. tap on the “i” button next to your preferred Wi-Fi network (the one you use the most).
Step 3: This will load up the settings screen of your selected Wi-Fi network. Scroll down and switch off the iCloud Privacy Relay option. This will disable the Privacy Realy for that particular Wi-Fi network.
Similarly, you can go to Settings > Mobile data to disable the Privacy Relay feature for your preferred mobile data connection as well. Disabling the Privacy Relay for the preferred networks will make sure that whenever you will switch to that particular Wi-Fi or Mobile data connection, the Privacy Relay feature will not be in action.
Fix 3: Disable Hide IP Address
If disabling the Privacy Relay in any of the two ways mentioned above, then you can try disabling the Hide IP Address option in Safari. To do so:
Step 1: Open Settings and head over to Safari.
Step 2: Scroll down to the PRIVACY & SECURITY section and tap on the Hide IP Address option.
Step 3: On the next screen check the Off option to disable the Hide IP Address option.
This will disable the Hide IP Address option. Once done, open the Safari app and see if the issue is fixed.
Fix 4: Disable Safari extensions
Disabling the Safari extensions have also worked for a number of users suffering from the Safari crash issue on iOS 15. You can also try doing the same for an added measure.
Step 1: Open Settings and go to Safari.
Step 2: Under the GENERAL section, tap on Extensions.
Step 3: On the next screen you will see the list of Extensions installed. On the extension.
Step 4: Switch off the toggle of the extensions.
Once done, open Safari and see if the Safari app is working properly now or not.
Change Safari to the old design
Now head over to the problem of those iOS users who are not so happy with the new Safari app redesign. In the new design of the Safari app, the address bar/search bar has been shifted to the bottom of the screen. But there are a number of users who are missing the old safari look in which the address bar is on the top. So, here’s how you can switch back to the old Safari design and get back the address bar on the top.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
step 2: Scroll down and go to Safari.
Step 3: Scroll down to the TABS section.
Step 4: Checkmark the Single Tab option.
After doing this, the Safari browser on your iPhone will get bat to the old look where the address bar is located at the top.
Here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am hoping that your issue of Safari keeps crashing or not responding on iOS 15 issue will get fixed by following the fixes mentioned here. If not, then you can comment below to let me know if I can help you in some way. Also, if you have any other issues related to the iOS 15-based Safari app, then leave them in the comments below. If you are one of those users who have found out some other way of finding the Safari issue then you are also wholeheartedly welcome to use the comments section below.
Safari on Monterey (MacOS) isn’t very good either. Performance is terrible with page loading and video playback. Is there anyone at Apple that has really good skills anymore? Seems like Apple has become really sloppy in their OS development. I mean even third-party developers complain. Apple truly has been ruined by Tim Cook but as long as Apple keeps ringing in huge profits, I guess nothing to see here.
I personally prefer Google Chrome and use it regularly even on my MacBook Air M1. Even though I have never faced any issue with Safari.
Either way, thanks a lot for your valuable comment.